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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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1,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 1166
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
UFO Hefeweizen is an American unfiltered wheat beer. Perhaps UFO’s initial sensory perception is also its most prominent: a cloudy golden color and a dense, frothy head. The yeast, which has not been filtered out, accounts for the cloudiness of UFO. Wheat malt tends to create a larger head than barley malt, the cereal grain most often used in brewing. When served in a traditional wheat beer glass with a lemon, UFO presents an appealing and distinctive visual image.

The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon. The lemon accentuates the yeast’s fruity, tart fragrance. UFO has a soft mouthfeel and a refreshing, light body. The wheat malts and subtle hopping give the beer a mild, delicate flavor. UFO has a clean finish. Unlike some imported hefeweizens, UFO does not have the spicy, tropical flavors typical of European-brewed style.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of Beric


3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 17 April 2014

Appearance: A hazy yellow with some rich golden tones present at times. Not much of a head on this one, though it does leave some lacing behind. Certainly looks like a hefeweizen or standard wheat beer.

Smell: Very simple and not very assertive- there is a soft sterile smell to this one. You can definitely pick up on the banana/clove notes often found in wheat beers like this, but there is a sterile, medicinal note in there too. Not cool.

Taste: Thin and bland. It is a shame this beer calls itself a 'hefeweizen' on the label. The banana/clove notes traditionally found in hefeweizen are nowhere to be found in this one, though there is some spiciness. That sterile note is still evident in the taste as this one has a rather abrupt and harsh finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin compared to others in the style and highly carbonated to make up for it.

Overall: This one should NOT be labeled a hefeweizen. I know BA categorizes it as an American Pale Wheat, and that is certainly what it is, but Harpoon calling this one a hefeweizen is a shame. This beer is abysmal as a hefeweizen and passable as an American Pale Wheat, but even then, it pales in comparison to better offerings including Goose Island 312 and Bell's Oberon.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:00:18 | More by Beric
Photo of secondtooth


3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, cloudy golden, with a solid head of white foam. Minimal lace.

Nose is subtly malty, with little trace of the usual strong and spicy wheat and yeast elements associated with hefeweizen. Not bad, but not up to snuff, either.

Taste is light on the palate, grainy, and almost lager-like. I get little trace of any clove or banana or bubblegum notes as I'd expect. Instead, I would consider this more of a basic wheat beer. As a hefeweizen, this one just falls short on most levels. Nonetheless, this remains drinkable and easygoing, and would make a a solid session drink or a fine starter beer for future craft beer fans.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 14:55:50 | More by secondtooth
Photo of 57md


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. The nose has only fairly faint wheat notes. The body is slightly heartier than most wheats. The finish is slightly bitter, but there is a something sweet on the finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:26:53 | More by 57md
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a light yellow-amber, almost a peach color. Very light. Lot's of haze going on. A very thing head appeared, which lessened to a small white ring around the inside of the glass.

S - Wheat, pale malts and a hint of lemon peel or orange peel. Not offensive, just a bit bland.

T - Pretty bland. Some wheat and malt, that's about it. Again, not offensive, there just isn't much going on. Aftertaste isn't bad, though.

F - Not bad, it could be refreshing. Was light and easy on the stomach.

O - Not a huge fan of most wheat beers, and this was no different. Not offensive, was certainly drinkable, just very, very low on taste. I've certainly had worse, but I won't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 12:01:56 | More by stella77artois
Photo of abeerwiseguy


1.86/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 12 oz bottle from Harpoon Brewery - Boston MA and Windsor VT. Label reads Hefeweizen - Unfiltered Wheat Beer. No date stamp and sadly no ABV on bottle. Beer Advocate lists the beer at 4.8%.

Poured into a pint bar glass with a hazy golden color and very little head.

Aromas of grain and some yeast and citrus. Not impressive.

The flavor profile is a real disaster in my opinion from start to finish. First the tongue is assaulted with an unwelcome very bitter taste with some very slight lemon and then biting finish with little flavor.

The mouth feel is very uneven and lacks any real body or redeeming value. It has medium to high carbonation but little on the flavor side to support it.

Overall this example is way below what I have come to expect from both German and American brewers of this style, such as Paulander's Hefe-Weizen amd Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:56:54 | More by abeerwiseguy
Photo of NHGrafx


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a cloudy straw color with some pinkish hue in it. It has a decent head, but dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

Smell is a very strong floral raspberry. with hints of wheat in the background. The raspberry scent is very sweet and seems mostly artificial like an artificially flavored raspberry soda.

Taste has a good bit of tart raspberry in it and is quite pleasant. The wheat taste is nice and crisp. The tartness is much more than what the smell would suggest. Mouthfeel is alright and drinkability is good. Perfect for a hot summer day or a bbq.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:06:29 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of wingman14


3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a huge frothy white head. Has a strong wheat smell, some malt and spice, sweet and citrus. Taste has the spice up front with the citrus at the end. Strong on the palette, nice flavors, balanced nicely. Overall a nice beer, could be a bit smoother, but an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 23:00:20 | More by wingman14
Photo of Roguer


3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful, thick white head (~2 1/2 fingers). Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a scattered surface foam and little lacing. Sickly pale color, extremely transparent for an unfiltered beer.

S - Strong hint of wheat and a bit of banana. Slight sour note. Hints of spices.

T - Light and crisp, slightly sweet. Notes of wheat and rye. Slight sour fruit, like old banana. Light hops.

M - Slight sting on the tongue. Drinks thin, but feels thick. Definitely a good feel for enjoying a Summer day.

O - This is a solid Hefe. Nothing stands out as best in class, but it's very drinkable, and serves as a great, refreshing brew on a warm afternoon. I recommend drinking this outside as much as possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 19:32:07 | More by Roguer
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By 06/15/13

A: Pours a very cloudy and hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly settles down to a thin cap

S: Very wheaty, with notes of fruits, citrus, and light spice

T: Again, very wheaty with subtle notes of fruit, citrus, and spices. Dominated by the wheat malts, though

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chalky/yeasty

O: Quite one-dimensional, but a nice pale wheat ale. Very wheat-centered, with fruity yeast and very light spice. Extremely drinkable as well

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 18:43:52 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From bottle to glass golden color with slight head.
a: Golden color, 0.5" head
s: Mild wheat smell
t: Orange taste
m: Wheat beer taste, not appealing to my taste, some aftertaste
o: Not a fan of wheat UFO

Purchased only one bottle, and that was enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 15:09:47 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 02/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at my Double Tree hotel bar in Boston instead of going to NOTB; not the best substitute. 16 oz. pour.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, spices, lemon, citrus, and bready malts. Some nice bananas, and not too much spice.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, bananas, fruity malts, cloves, lemon, citrus, bready malts, wheat. More spice and pepper here; a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Bit too carbonated for me.

o - Overall not my favorite pale wheat, or beer from Harpoon, but decent. Nose was pretty nice but the taste had a little too much pepper or spice in it. Probably would just stick with their IPA next time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 18:12:33 | More by mdfb79
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy, cloudy copper with a big, soft, thick, white head that has good retention

S - grains, sweet, faint lemon

T - grains, straw, faint bubblegum, banana

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This a bit of a disappointment. The yeast adds some bubblegum and banana, but the rest of the beer is rather flavorless. It's also a bit grainy which detracts from the overall flavor. I definitely wouldn't buy this beer again. There are far better beers out there that are actual Hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:15:48 | More by tdm168
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light copper color with a smaller amount of white head, almost no lacing.

Smell: Wheat and banana, some hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, smooth but fizzy like a soda. Taste of grassy wheat with some banana and clove notes.

Overall: Enjoyable beer, cannot complain, can't really think of any improvment though...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 19:36:34 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger white bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. No lacing. Clear at the beginning of the pour but picks up some haze from the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. While it was clear, a moderate amount of bubbles were visible.

S – Grainy wheat and spicy yeast take the forefront. There’s maybe a bit of lemon here, too, but it’s very scant compared to the wheat and yeast.

T – Follows the nose pretty much exactly. Sweet cereal malts with a touch of lemon primarily at the start. The baton gets handed off to the grainy wheat and spicy yeast flavors at the finish.

F – Light-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp mouthfeel, and a sweet, grainy finish. The grainy wheat taste lingers for a short amount of time.

O – This beer is alright. It has the skeleton of a pale wheat ale, but nothing really stands out. It’s also far too plain and light for my taste. The mouthfeel lacks that creaminess that good wheat ales possess. I know that it’s only semantics, but Harpoon has no business calling this a hefeweizen. American pale wheat ales should not have the clove and banana aromas or flavors that good German hefeweizens have, so it’s not fair to put them in the same category. Also, if they were trying to make a hefeweizen instead of an American pale wheat ale, they failed miserably. This is a decent beer, especially for the summer, but I probably won’t seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:51:27 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a huge size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citrus, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with light lemon and con syrup. There is also a touch of pepper and yeast and very faint banana. It ends with a grainy aftertaste.

Overall – Doesn't really taste like a wheat beer to me. The flavours are way too subtle. Either way, it's pretty boring and I wouldn't pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:06:25 | More by spinrsx
Photo of NJBrewer

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I suppose I like my hefeweizens to have some taste to them. A little clove or banana esters would have been nice with this one. It's a decent beer for warm weather, but it's too tasteless for my liking. Personally, I don't like this trend in commercial beers of brewing hefeweizens without the estery goodness. I see that one of The Bros' reviewed this in 2001 and he said it was one of the best examples of an American wheat. The recipe must have changed from 11 years ago. This is not a good representation of a hefeweizen and should be avoided if you want to enjoy and appreciate the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 21:18:03 | More by NJBrewer
Photo of cambabeer


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is good, worth having. Wheat beer isn't really gonna suck, but it can be "safe" which I think this one is. Much like shock top without the big factory taste and just all around more quality. This is no German hefeweizen, but it's good.
Head is nice and lingers on top of the cloudy orangish body.
Smells wheaty and yeasty. Sweet and a little fruity.
Taste is a subtle bitterness suppressed by the huge bready and wheaty character that is common of wheat beers. Citrusy and crisp.
I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:20:58 | More by cambabeer
Photo of Clarkapotamus

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Paddy Irish Whiskey stange.

Smelled of the traditional Hefeweizen. Citrusy with a hint of lemon/orange.

Poured a golden haze.

Taste was delicious. A great hefeweizen. If you like Shocktop you'll definitely enjoy this.

I believe this is a well done rendition of a hefeweizen and something I would purchase again. A tad pricey though

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 01:51:41 | More by Clarkapotamus
Photo of Mojo


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up with an enormous head with lots of lacing. Color is a hazy straw color with a strong smell of wheat. Mouthfeel is a pretty thin and the taste is uncomplex with a little bit of hoppiness. Not bad, but nothing extra-special here either.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 03:19:13 | More by Mojo
Photo of Mosmo


2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fan of the label. This one is mediocre.

A: golden yellow with a small head

S. Faint almost non-existent banana. Hardly any wheat or yeast flavor.

T: very light bodied Hef. Sorta watered down taste.

M: slightly bitter, light, watery. Nothing stands out about this beer.

O: Yeah, I'd drink again on a hot, summer, Texas day. I wouldn't turn it down but, I probably wouldn't buy it. It drinks very fast due to the lack of flavors. Blue Moon has more of a wheat taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:43:24 | More by Mosmo
Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of wheat in the nose along with some notes of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat and notes of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great summer beer to have more than one of because it is easy to drink, refreshing and has some thirst-quenching properties.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:02:52 | More by metter98
Photo of TownDunkel


4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always have been a huge fan of unfiltered beer... and hefeweizen... so this was a natural choice at the grocery store.

Appearance - a great orange/brown cloudy hue that lets you know from the start that this ain't your daddy's double filtered beer.

Smell - I was really hoping for more of a scent to this beer. When I popped it open no great whiffs came out. It smells vaguely of minerals and wheat.

Taste - This beer didn't disappoint on the taste. Not as sweet as a Shiner Hefe or 102 but a wide flavor that strectches from a mellow sweet to a hoppy bliss.

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation here but the interesting aftertaste of mineral water hits you instead. It's not a bad feeling but more of a new one for me and I enjoy it!

Overall - This is a nice unfiltered beer. I enjoy Shiner's verison more but they don't do the cloudy goodness like this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:32:55 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of pwf316

4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon again delivers another solid beer. The UFO Hefeweizen is a solid Hefeweizen with good flavor. The unfiltered Hefeweizen gives it the smooth yet unique flavor that UFO beers provide. Again I enjoy drinking this during the summer while grilling out. It is light enough that you can just enjoy the smooth flavor with just about any dish in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 15:37:29 | More by pwf316
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a weisse glass, the beer is a pale, unfiltered, hazy, yellowish coloring with a frothy, light, foamy white head that starts strong but settles into a bubbly film. Signs of strong carbonation throughout the beer's body, and nothing left along the glass as you go. Aromas of bread, clove, banana, and some light peppering. The beer's flavors are mild, and the body is smooth, but slightly sharp at the end from the carbonation. Palate of slight citrus highlights along the banana bread backbone, with some spicy notes throughout the keep it clean. The aftertaste is more of the spicing, and again it's a bit sharp from the effervescent and carbonated body. The finish is quick and clean. Easy enough to drink, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:25:28 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of tigg924


2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Bert's Landing, Plymouth

Appearance: minimal head, golden in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: light wheat--very weak smelling

Taste: orange, lemon, cardamom, coriander--standard witbier taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with light bitterness at the end

Overall: Slightly below average American Pale Wheat Ale. Not really distinguishable or memorable a beer. Not so bad that I would turn it away, but there are plenty others in the style I would go to first.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 20:47:14 | More by tigg924
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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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